Red Dog by Louis De Bernieres

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In 1998, Louis de Bernieres—acclaimed author of Corelli’s Mandolin—came upon a bronze statue in a town on Australia’s northwestern coast and was immediately compelled to know more about “Red Dog.” He did not have to go far: everyone for hundreds of miles in every direction seemed to have a story about Red Dog. He was a Red Cloud Kelpie, a breed of sheepdog known for its energy and cleverness. But Red Dog was a kind of ultra-Kelpie, energetic and clever enough for an entire breed in himself.

Dubbed a “professional traveler” rather than a stray, Red Dog established his own transportation system, hitchhiking between far-flung towns and female dogs in cars whose engine noises he’d memorized and whose drivers he’d charmed. The call of the wild was matched by the call of the supper dish; Red Dog’s appetite was as legendary as his exploits. Everyone wanted to adopt him (one group of workers made him a member of their union), but Red Dog would be adopted by—or, more precisely, he would adopt—only one man: a bus driver whose love life quickly began to suffer and who never quite recovered from Red Dog’s relentlessly affectionate presence.

Independent, clever, sly, stubborn, courageous and foolhardy, impatient with boredom and the boring, Red Dog endeared himself to (almost) everyone who crossed his path. These funny, surprising, and touching stories of his life are certain to endear him to every reader.

About Louis De Bernieres

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Louis de Bernieres is the author of Corelli’s Mandolin (available in paperback from Vintage Books) and of a trilogy of tragicomic novels: The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts, Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord, and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. He lives in England.
Published January 1, 2001 by Knopf Canada. 124 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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While the dog does possess an uncanny ability to make his wants and needs known (more probably, it's the uncanny predilection for humans to interpret the dog's various "communications"), these tall tales simply aren't tall enough.

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The Bookbag

Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres is in the Top Ten Books For Dog Lovers.

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The Bookbag

Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres is in the Top Ten Books For Dog Lovers.

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Suite 101

A heart-warming tale of a dog that brings isolated individuals and communities together, Red Dog is based on a true story.

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The Hollywood Reporter

SYDNEY — There are stretches of Kriv Stenders’ Red Dog, particularly those featuring its canine lead picking his way along some dusty Outback trail on a solitary quest, when the film achieves a kind of existential purity.

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